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Climbing the Wall – a visualization exercise

by Michael Maciel See yourself in a compound, like a small village but one you can see in its entirety. You’re surrounded by the people and events of your daily life—family, co-workers, the schools you went to, the house you … Continue reading

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Prayer MUST be Creative

by Michael Maciel Prayer MUST be creative. That is its one, essential aspect. Without that, there is no possibility for the power of God to move through us. It might move to us, and through our devotion it can move … Continue reading

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The Hard Problem of Consciousness

by Michael Maciel Scientists are grappling with the phenomenon of consciousness. They call it The Hard Problem. The problem as I see it is in the way it conflates mind and consciousness or, more specifically, intelligence and consciousness.  Intelligence is … Continue reading

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Missing the Mark

by Michael Maciel The Greek word for planet is “planítis,” which means “wanderer.” The reason they called them that is because they appear to “wander” amongst the fixed stars of the Zodiac. Each one of us is a planet—we all … Continue reading

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Video Lecture: On the Myth of Prometheus, Technology, and Archetypal Fire

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Love Is All You Need (?)

by Michael Maciel I like the part in 1 Corinthians where Paul says that without love, nothing we do means anything. He goes on to list certain goal-based achievements: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, … Continue reading

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What, exactly, is God’s Will?

by Michael Maciel I have a rather radical approach to theology. I like to say that God’s will for us is that we get our prayers answered. That and that only. There is no plan and no vision other than … Continue reading

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The Universe As Egg

by Michael Maciel It must have been amazing for our earliest ancestors to witness a live chick emerge from what was before merely an amorphous goo. It was a high mystery. Apart from the physical attributes of an egg, its … Continue reading

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Is the World an Illusion?

by Michael Maciel Just as a person’s face can reveal something about his or her personality, no one would presume that it reveals everything. There’s almost an infinity of stuff going on behind the masks that we wear. Why do … Continue reading

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Hey You, Know Thyself

by Michael Maciel So, rather a rude title, no? It’s the best alternative to “Man, Know Thyself,” because of the problematic word “man,” which seems to exclude women. And even though the convention tells us that it doesn’t, that “man” … Continue reading

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